Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship

Neumann Tops 23 Survivors of Day 2

mnuwwarah • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Marko Neumann has the lead to end Day 2.

The $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship always attracts a field bursting with star poker players, but it's a relatively little-known German grinder, Marko Neumann, who heads into Day 3 atop the chip counts with 1,442,000. Neumann does have more than $1.3 million in cashes, so he's no stranger to big-money poker tournaments, though the $923,379 up top here would be a career-best for him.

In second sits one of the aforementioned stars: Isaac Baron, who boasts millions in cashes both live and online under the moniker "westmenloAA." Baron chipped up in one of the craziest pots of the tournament when he got what the table described as nine bets in on a {9-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Spades} flop against Don Nguyen, who held top set against Baron's nut flush. Baron held to rocket up to 785,000, more than 250 big blinds at that point. He finished with 1,267,000.

David Williams (698,000), Tom Marchese (677,000), Sam Trickett (468,000), JC Tran (431,000), Matt Stout (425,000), and Matt Marafioti (371,000) also bagged at the end of the night.

Some notables going home with money in their pockets included Steve Billirakis, Dermot Blain, Daniel Idema, Jared Bleznick, Sergey Rybachenko, and Phil Laak. Standout players who began the day with chips but failed to grind their way into the payouts: Chris "Genius28" Lee, Noah Schwartz, Don Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, and David Benefield.

Day 3 play will commence at 2 p.m. on Saturday, so be sure to come back to PokerNews and see who will be crowned this year's premier PLO tournament champion and take home more than $900,000.

Tags: Chris LeeDaniel IdemaDaniel NegreanuDavid BenefieldDermot BlainDon NguyenIsaac BaronJared BleznickJC TranMarko NeumannMatt MarafiotiMatt StoutNoah SchwartzPhil LaakSam TrickettScotty NguyenSergey RybachenkoSteve BillirakisTom Marchese